Graeme Souness’s managerial career has not quite been as decorated as his playing days. The signing of con-artist Ali Dia in particular whilst he was the boss at Southampton will forever plague the legacy from his time in the dugout.
But he has revealed in his book, Men In White Suits, that he made another couple of clangers whilst in charge at Liverpool. And while the 53 minute career of George Weah’s ‘cousin’ cost the Saints very little other than any chance of a victory, the earlier rejection of two other relatively unknown talents would subsequently change the face of the Premier League.
The Daily Express have reported that during his three year stint at Anfield, Souness rejected the opportunity to sign both Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona.
The Danish goalkeeper had written to the club requesting a trial, suggesting that he had been a Reds fan all his life, while the enigmatic Frenchman was personally recommended to the former Scotland international by three time Ballon d’Or winner, Michel Platini.
No interest in either player was followed up, and they were soon both snapped up by Manchester United. At Old Trafford, they became part of the Premier League’s most successful club, while Liverpool have not won the league title since 1990.